Royal Enfield has launched the
Classic 500 ‘Pegasus’ limited edition motorcycle. The ‘Pegasus’ is inspired by
the legendary RE/WD Flying Flea 125 motorcycle that was manufactured at Royal
Enfield’s underground facility in Westwood, UK during World War II.
Conceived as a tribute the
Flying Flea and Royal Enfield’s military heritage, the Classic 500 Pegasus is a
chance to own a piece of motorcycle history with only 1000 units available
globally, of which 190 will be available in UK. The motorcycle will be
available to be booked online starting July, and will be priced at GBP 4999 (Rs
4,56,102) (On the road).
Royal Enfield produced
munitions, artillery equipment and motorcycles during both World Wars and
supplies the Indian armed forces with motorcycles to the present day. Royal
Enfield was called upon during World War I to supply motorcycles to the British
armed forces and also for the Imperial Russian Government, and continues to
make simple, authentic, classic motorcycles till today. But by far its most
storied wartime creation was the airborne troops’ ‘Flying Flea’, a compact and
capable, two-stroke 125cc motorcycle that saw action in some of greatest
battles of World War II, including D-Day and Arnhem.
“The story of the Flying Flea
is both remarkable and inspiring, and it has a history like no other
motorcycle. Rugged military motorcycles have been an integral part of Royal
Enfield’s heritage and continues to be till date, as we endeavour to build
classic, simple, enduring motorcycles. Our machines have played important role
in both World Wars, earning a reputation for endurance in the toughest
conditions. The Classic 500 Pegasus is a homage to the legendary war stories
and to the resilience and pedigree of Royal Enfield”, said Siddhartha Lal, CEO,
Known for their ruggedness,
Royal Enfield motorcycles served with British troops in France and Belgium
during World War I and were supplied to the Imperial Russian Army. In World War
II, tens of thousands of Royal Enfield motorcycles were shipped to almost every
theatre of conflict. But the Flying Flea was the only proper motorcycle to be
dropped successfully behind enemy lines with paratroopers, with the War
Department ordering more than 4,000.
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